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9 dead as migrant boat sinks off Turkish coast

09 Aug 2018, 13:42 ( 09 Aug, 2018)

DF-Xinhua Report
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Nine people died on Thursday when a boat carrying migrants sank off Turkey's Aegean coast, local media reported.

   The mishap occurred off Kusadasi district of Turkey's southwestern province of Aydin, the state-run Anadolu Agency said.

   Hurriyet daily said the boat was carrying 13 illegal migrants on route to a Greek island and four were rescued.

   The Aegean Sea was once the main route for migrants being smuggled into Europe via Turkey. A deal signed between Turkey and the European Union in March 2016 has reduced the flow of illegal migration.